8 Unique Ear Piercings: Names and Process Explained

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Women love fashion & jewelry & when it comes to earrings, they spend hours after hours picking the coolest types of earrings suitable for their ear piercings. But, what if their ear piercings are not cool-girl type?

In that case, will the earrings look good in their ears? Well! We can’t guarantee that. But, we can assure you that we will present before you some of the most in-vogue & cool-girl-type ear piercings. All the different types of ear piercings that we are going to mention here will hook up the attention of millions of people. Also, we will give you various additional info about ear piercing in this write-up. So, just keep on scrolling:

Some Cool-Girl Types Ear Piercings Names

All Different Types of Ear Piercings Names
All Different Types of Ear Piercings Names

1. Tragus Ear Piercing

Tragus piercing or the piercing over the tiny flap that partially covers your ear canal is quite painful. It is because Tragus piercing is a type of cartilage piercing. The pain level of Tragus piercing ranges somewhere between 4 and 5 out of 10.

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Tragus ear piercings are difficult to heal & take almost 6 to 9 months of healing time. It is because no one honestly wishes to give up their earbuds at the time of their commute. The number of times the tragus protects your ear canal’s outer part after the piercing, and the post will block where your earbuds take off. The more you make the earrings in & out from

2. Daith Piercing

This type of piercing is mostly done in a little awkward position, that is, the rounded area that hugs your ear’s cartilage, present inside your ear. It requires a skilled piercer for performing daith piercing. This type of piercing, being positioned in the cartilage of your ear, makes you feel mild pressure in the area while being pierced.

There’s a rumor that this piercing helps in alleviating migraines. The healing time after the piercing is generally 6 to 9 months on average. With Daith piercing, you can sleep on the pierced area of your ear within a few months.

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3. Conch Piercing

The conch is situated in your ear cartilage’s middle part & looks like a conch shell, a spiral shell. Being pretty versatile, the piercing is done with a stud. It is for eliciting a subtle effect. Sometimes, brave people go for a double stud. Also, some people choose a cuff that hugs its way surrounding your ear’s edge. In conch piercing, you will feel the pain of any other cartilage piercing. And it takes approximately 3 to 9 months to heal.

4. The Helix Piercing

Among the various ear-piercing names, the helix piercing’s name is heard very much among people. These are the piercings that are done anywhere on your ear’s outer cartilage’s upper part. 

Helix piercing remains the 1st choice of people when one wants to move from the lobe. However, this piercing is very much in Vogue & gaining popularity nowadays. Different clients or piercers love experimenting with this piercing on their ears & that too with multiple helix piercings.

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Helix piercing is now considered a super cute cartilage piercing. Most people choose to do this piercing on the middle area of their ears. This is because this area of the ears permits personalized placements & absolutely unique styles.

The scale of pain for Helix piercing is 4/10. The moment of the piercing feels like your ears are on fire. But, you will only feel for a moment & after that, everything’s fine. At best, this piercing will take nearly 6 to 9 months for healing.

5. Industrial Piercing

The piercing in which a straight barbell connects a cartilage piercing to any other cartilage piercing on one’s upper ear is called Industrial piercing. The pain felt in this piercing is 6/10. Since 2 cartilage piercings are involved in industrial piercing instead of 1, the healing of these piercings does take much time.

Also, the connection of the two cartilages of your ears through piercings results in quick irritation of that areas. Industrial piercings take more than 9 months or 1 year to heal. The aftercare part of this piercing is very much important & one needs to be particularly cognizant of that. Sleeping on your hair or glasses is strictly restricted after this type of ear piercing. 

6. Standard Lobe Piercing

Standard lobe piercing is a classic ear piercing that is very much in trend now. Who doesn’t love a nice lobe piercing? After all, the ear lobe also heals quickly after the piercing & it is the least painful to make a hole in the lobe. The Standard lobe piercing falls among the least painful piercing & has a pain scale of 2/10. This kind of piercing requires approximately 6 to 8 weeks for its complete heal-up.

7. High-Lobe Piercing

Want to know about a fun way for spicing up your lobe? What can it be other than High-lobe piercing? If you already have a poorly-placed piercing done earlier & you want to make a thing out of it, then choose a high-lobe piercing for your ears. Since the lobe is so fleshy, the piercing pain level for this kind of piercing is 2/10. Also, the healing time for it is quick (within 6-8 weeks).

However, it doesn’t mean that you can make any mistake in its aftercare by not giving proper attention to it. The post-care & maintenance must be done rightly by following the person’s instructions who is piercing your ears.

8. Rook Piercing

This type of piercing is the most suitable for a hoop. For its initial healing period, it is suggested to use a bar. Rook piercing is one among various unusual inner-ear piercings & is inserted within your ear’s inner cartilage. 

This inner ear cartilage is situated above the daith & also in between the internal conch & the onward helix. Rook piercing is just another type of cartilage piercing & so, this type of piercing is not as easy as piercing a lobe.

Thus, while undergoing this kind of piercing, you will feel a sharp pain along with pressure at first & then an extra general throbbing. Wanna know exactly how much this piercing hurts? Well! It hurts even more than a tragus piercing or a helix piercing. The pain level for this piercing is 6/10. The healing time for this piercing is nearly 3-10 months.

What Actually Cartilage Piercings Are?

Have you seen any decorative holes inside the cartilage-filled parts of one’s ears/nose? Well! Any piercing done in your ears’ stiff part (or nose’s stiff part) is known as cartilage piercing. It takes a much longer time for a cartilage piercing to heal than healing a soft-tissue piercing (like a piercing in one’s earlobes/eyebrows). With cartilage piercing, you will generally notice a bubble on your piercing’s front or backside.

However, you cannot consider it an infection as the signs of an infection are different. You may try applying a chamomile tea wash/sponge to treat the bubble. Prepare the tea just in the way it is made for making people drink it. However, instead of drinking it, take a warm teabag out of the cup and compress your piercing with it.

Where To Get Ears Pierced?

You may get your ears pierced at any ear piercing shops available near your home. You may pierce your ear at your ear lobe, helix, forward helix, or rook.

Where To Get Ears Pierced
Where To Get Ears Pierced

How To Ear Piercing?

Ear piercing can be done by either needle or a gun. If you use a needle for piercing your ears’ areas other than the ear lobe, it is much safer & less painful than a piercing gun. There is a sharp point in the hollow needle, which creates a clean hole.

How To Ear Piercing
How To Ear Piercing

Which Medical Conditions Need Attention & Doctor’s Consultation Before Going For A Ear Piercing?

Never go for an ear piercing if you are pregnant. You may get an infection from it, which may be harmful at the time of pregnancy. Also, consult with the doctor before piercing your ears in case you have Diabetes, an autoimmune disorder, a condition that prevents/slows down your healing, Hemophilia, a heart condition, or any skin problem in the area of your ear where you are thinking of getting pierced. Skin problems involve lesions, lumps, moles, rash, or any cuts.

Risks Of Ear Piercings

  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin issues like scars or keloids
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discharge after the piercing
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Blood diseases like tetanus, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, etc.

Which Sort Of Jewellery Should Be Inserted In The Pierced Area After The Piercing Is Done?

It would be best if you chose titanium, gold, or steel(surgical-graded) jewelry for insertion in your pierced area after the piercing is done. Recommend Reading Say Goodbye to Ear Eczema: Expert Tips and Tricks for Relief

Ear Piercings Aftercare

  • Keep the pierced areas clean by washing them regularly with soap, alcohol & warm water. Don’t forget to apply an antibiotic ointment in those areas for avoiding any skin infection.
  • Avoid touching your ear piercing. This is because your hands have many germs that may cause infection in those areas.
  • Avoid bathing in hot tubs or pools, where microbes flow freely.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ear Piercings

Q. What is the most painful ear piercing?

Answer: Industrial ear piercing is the most painful ear piercing.

Q. Which ear piercing is most attractive?

Answer: Conch piercing is the most attractive among all ear piercings.

 Q. How much does it cost for an ear piercing?

Answer: The average piercing cost for a single ear piercing of the ear is $40 to $60, whereas the average piercing cost for a single ear piercing done on both ears is $80 to $120. The 2nd piercing cost for an ear is comparatively economical, which is approximately $10 to $60. And, the 2nd piercing cost for two ears is $20 to $120.

Q. Are ear piercings a bad idea?

Answer: No, as per the American Academy of Pediatrics, zero health risk is involved in an ear piercing of a person of any age if the setting & process of the ear piercing are safe & clean. However, it is always best to wait for your child’s ear piercings until they are old enough for handling the piercings & tolerating the pain.

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Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares
Dr. Angela Olivares is a board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her residency in dermatology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ashton has a private practice in New Jersey and New York City, where she specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as general dermatology.

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